Scene on the Strait

The art festival that helps kids and the environment

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Scene on the Strait art festival Aug. 13 in Martinez

reliableairstreamThe 20th annual Scene on the Strait, the art festival that helps kids help the environment, will take place Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez, Calif.

Begun in 1995, Scene on the Strait is a benefit for the Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC), which employs underserved teens and young people to work at a nursery and restore endangered Monarch butterfly habitat along the Carquinez Strait.fp09

Over the years Scene on the Strait has become a premiere Northern California showcase for plein air art, featuring some of the best landscape painters in the state. The 2016 roster of artists includes:

Rolando Barrero, Nikki Basch-Davis, Loralee Chapleau, David Casterson, Mary Lou Correia, Kevin Courter, Suzanne D’Arcy, Catherine Erickson, Mary Fassbinder, Philippe Gandiol, Jack Garasky, Geri Keary, Susan Kendall, Micaela Marsden, Chris Newhard, Teresa Onoda, Sandy Ostrau, Nancy Roberts, Wendy Rogers, Robert Sandidge, Joanne Uomini, Gregory Vasgerdsian, Mamie Walters and Norma Webb.

There will be auctions and a special sale of miniature paintings. The One Mile Band will play music favorites, and a food truck will offer authentic Mexican food. Youths from CREEC will display and have for sale some of the native California plants they grow at the Crockett nursery.

The sale of art at Scene on the Strait has raised tens of thousand of dollars for CREEC and helped provide the funds for the first paychecks some of these boys and girls have ever earned. Art purchases are partly tax deductible.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAScene on the Strait is made possible with the help of our incredible volunteers and sponsors: C&H Sugar Crockett, Shell Oil, Conoco Phillips, Allied Waste Services, Southern Wine & Spirits, Contra Costa Newspapers, CMCS/Central Valley Party and the One Mile Band.

Parking and admission are free. Martinez Regional Shoreline is on Ferry Street in Martinez. See Scene on the Strait’s Facebook page or for more.

Scene on Strait returns Aug. 13

It’s official! The 2016 Scene on the Strait, the art festival that helps kids and the environment, will be held Saturday, August 13 at the Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez. It is our 20th annual Scene. Check back for more details coming soon!

Now Making the Scene: Jack Garasky

Jack Garasky, creator of “My Tuscan Dream No. 2,” shown above, made his debut at Scene on the Strait in 2011 and he will be back in 2014. Here are some thoughts about art from Jack, who will not only be showing his work at the event, he will be there in person to talk about it as well.

“Despite having loved art throughout my life,” he says, “I’ve managed to evade a traditional formal arts education.  Now, later in my life, I’ve found myself attracted to painting and drawing more strongly than at any time before.  So, in that sense, I suppose you’d call me a late bloomer. I’m primarily an oil painter of landscapes, cityscapes, and representational pieces,” he adds.

If you’d like to see more of Jack’s work, go to his splendid website, or better still, come to Scene on the Strait and see his splendid paintings and meet him in person. In the meantime, here are two more Garasky works (admittedly, presented too small here) upon which to feast your eyes.


Remembering Pam

As noted in other posts, we dedicated the 2010 Scene to Pam Glover, seen above, who was a founding painter and major friend of the event.

Pam, who died in April, 2010, after 86 years of making wonderful art, was well-known around the Bay Area and California as a painter and teacher of art. We knew her best as a warm and generous friend and supporter.

Jennifer Mondenessi of the Contra Costa Times wrote a sterling piece on Pam, talking about how her “colorful works captured the Bay Area’s diverse landscape and sparked the imaginations of the many students she taught during her years as an instructor at the Orinda Community Center.”

One of Pam’s many contributions to the Northern California art scene was her support of Scene on the Strait, and she was with us from the beginning. She appeared many years at Scene on the Strait, painting landscapes on site to the delight of spectators and selling many of her paintings as well. All the artists who appear at Scene on the Strait donate a portion of the sale of their art to support the Carquinez Enviromental Education Center and our environmental programs to restore butterfly habitat along the Carquinez Strait.

Here are two reminders of the grand legacy Pam left us: “Springtime,” and “Happy House, Martinez.”

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